Who Needs a Schengen Visa to Enter France?
The Schengen zone is a collection of 26 countries in Europe with open borders for trade
and movement of people, goods, and services. Citizens of some nationals are permitted to
enter the Schengen zone without a visa. However, that will change with the application of
the ETIAS in 2022. These countries have a visa liberalization agreement with the countries
of the Schengen zone. However, citizens from other countries who have no such contracts
must have a Schengen Visa before entering France and other Schengen countries.
There are two broad categories of individuals who are required to present a Schengen Visa
before gaining entrance into France:
- Citizens from countries with a visa liberalization agreement with the European
Union but have been rejected or deported from any of the Schengen zone member
states in times past.
- Citizens from countries with no visa liberalization agreement with the Schengen
zone member states.
Some countries without a liberalization agreement include; Morocco, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon,
the Democratic Republic of Congo, Saudi Arabia, Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan, Burkina Faso,
Central African Republic, and Cote d'Ivoire, among others.